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U20 team news: Capon and English go head-to-head

Will Capon and Nick English will go head-to-head when England U20 take on Wales in the fifth-place play off at the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday in Rosario, Argentina (KO, 2.30PM BST, live on S4C/World Rugby platforms).

Capon starts a fourth successive game at the tournament while English makes his second start, returning to the Wales starting lineup for this clash.

Despite pool victories over Italy and Australia, England didn’t progress to the top four of the Championship, having lost their opening game against Ireland.

Bates' side were instead left to compete for fifth place, later defeating Ireland in the semi-final to set up a clash with Wales.

“This match is extremely important for us as a team," said Bates.

"For personal pride and making sure we finish the tournament in a positive way. As a group this is our last as a team, so it’s an opportunity to finish on a high, having won four out of five fixtures. The team will be excited to play against a very good Wales team.

“For the majority of the players this will be their final game in the pathway. I hope they’ve all enjoyed the experience. They have all bonded as a group I hope they will remember this experience very fondly and finish with a positive win against Wales.”

Wales head coach, Gareth Williams, said: “We have rotated the squad quite effectively over the tournament, some of it has been forced on us because of injuries, but we are comfortable in changing our combinations.

“I can’t wait for the game against England. Winning games is our goal but we obviously balance the development aspect of things as well but beating New Zealand is a massive part of these players development.

“The performance was far from perfect but the result was huge for this group of players. Every time you take the field for Wales winning is a goal of ours and hopefully we will continue that but we know the type of quality England bring.

“They possess individuals who are very effective so we are really excited about the challenge ahead.”

Nathan Chamberlain is among the replacements for Scotland U20, as they take on Fiji U20 in the World Rugby U20 Championship 11th place play-off at Club Old Resian, Rosario this Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm BST, 10.30am local) – streamed live at world.rugby/u20. 


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